Michael Troy Hutto, 56, was playing with a gun when he shot Lora Grace Duncan in the stomach in a Palm Beach, Florida, hotel room. Then he went on the run
Lora Grace Duncan, 18.
The co-founder of the clothing brand Salt Life, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2020 manslaughter of his girlfriend of 18 years.
Michael Troy Hutto, now 56, fatally shot Lora Grace Duncan, 18, in October 2020, later telling authorities it was an accident, according to a cause affidavit. likely obtained by various US media outlets.
People magazine clarified that Duncandied of a single gunshot wound to the stomach. His father was the one who discovered the body, already decomposing, on October 29 inside a room at the beachfront Hilton Singer Island resort after his cell phone was traced there. The room was registered to Hutto, who, according to Duncan's father, was in a romantic relationship with his daughter.
Michael Troy Hutto.
Hutto was not present in the room when the discovery was made, but had forgotten his identification and wallet.
Authorities learned a day before that the The suspect had been taken to a hospital in Jacksonville after police found him in a car illegally parked outside a gas station in St. Augustine. According to the affidavit, Hutto was found “trembling, making delirious comments and crying while his eyes rolled to the back of his head”.
The outlet explained that the statement specifies that Hutto gave him He told detectives that he and the young woman were headed to the Florida Keys to visit some of their friends, but stopped at the Hilton.
After pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter with a firearm, Hutto was promptly sentenced to 12 years in prison, with credit for 79 days served.
In the hospital, the suspect allegedly told police, “My God, I think I hurt my Gracie,” and then began to cry.
Later revealed that they were “playing inside the hotel room as if they were shooting with their finger and a gun”. She later confessed that Duncan was sitting in the bathroom when he pointed the gun at her and fired.
Hutto said she then placed the gun in her Adidas backpack, jumped into her green Dodge and sped off, driving until he ran out of gas.
Duncan died of a single gunshot wound to the stomach.
The New York Post reported that Duncan's father claimed that Hutto had been harassing his teenage daughter with drugs and had kept her sedated.
After pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter with a firearm, Hutto was immediately sentenced to 12 years in prison, with credit for 79 days old.
Hutto founded the clothing brand Salt Life with several friends from the Jacksonville area in 2003. The company's customer base is comprised primarily of those who enjoy boating, surfing and fishing. The company's stickers are often seen on car windows.
At the time of Hutto's arrest, the company noted on its Facebook page that the man had sold his part of the business in 2013 and was no longer affiliated with the brand.